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Baku
Baku

Baku Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://baku-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (704) 817-7173
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday - Thursday: 4:00pm – 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Yakitori
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Baku
BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Had to wait, even though we had reservation. Cocktail service in the upstairs bar was very slow and no ability to transfer our drinks to our table, come on its 2014. Once we sat down the food took quite a long time to come out. Somehow grilled asparagus takes 30 minutes to make. The rest of the food was decent, but nothing to make me crave a return trip. Overpriced for standard sushi fare. Atmosphere and decor is very well done, but little things like cheap plastic sheet protectors in the menu books that prevent you from reading the menu add up to a less than spectacular meal. One diamond amongst the rough is the extensive sake list."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Baku is amazing!!!! Seafood is extremely fresh and the menu is certainly wide spread! Service was amazing! Gabriel had plenty of suggestions and was extremely knowledgeable of all Baku has to offer. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Reminded me of eating at "hot spots" in South Beach or New York. Food was original and interesting, ambience was dark and mysterious, service was attentive and friendly. Cool place to eat great food!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food at Baku is wonderful. I had Tuna Tartare and the Escolar both of which were very good. The waiters are very attentive and extremely knowledgeable. However, this is my second time at Baku and I had the same experience both times which is the delivery of the food is spotty. My dinner companion has his first selection 5 minutes before I got mine. He had finished his meal before I got my third selection. Its not a terrible problem but it does have a negative impact on the overall meal. I realize that small plates tend to come out on a different cadence but I would like to be eating when my companion is eating rather than us basically having separate meals."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We are extremely picky when it comes to food and Baku surpasses all our expectations for a restaurant. We were fortunate to meet the humble and creative chef. Our waitress was wonderful! It was a perfect experience! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Food was delish! Service was fabulous. Couldn't say that about our first visit to Baku almost a year ago. When I contacted management about our disappointing experience at that time, we received a gift card in the mail. We used the card on Friday night. After our pleasant second visit, we will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Baku and we will go back. Nice presentation of sushi/sashimi/and other dishes. Service was outstanding as was food preparation. Restaurant was busy but did not feel crowded. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. Definitely special occasion dining as dishes are pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "great place great food great sake what more do you want?"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Great meal well served. As always, interesting food."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "All fish is so fresh and dishes are unique! Love the tapas style and choices available. Really must try for yourself!!! You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Made my reservation for 3ppl at 9:00pm. Arrived at 8:30pm and checked in with the hostess. I told her that we would be upstairs at the bar, but would like to be seated early if possible. She came at 9:20pm to tell us our table was ready. This is NOT acceptable, and no apology was offered. We ate at the bar. The bartenders were super, the food was just ok. This is my third time at Baku - all just so, so. I will not be back due to the terrible hostesses."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great food and service. Our server did a great job of guiding us through the large menu and choosing the right amount of food. We were very pleased with all our choices."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great service, great food, great evening. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Been there a bunch of times before still the best place to go."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed the sushi and the tea-soaked duck dish very much. The truffle dessert is also delicious. We made another reservation before we left the restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My friend and I shared Edamame with Spicy chili oil, which was different and added a nice kick. the drinks were generous. She had the roasted beet salad and I have the roasted eggplant salad, both were asian influenced and delicious. We wanted to eat lite so we shared three maki rolls. The spicy tuna, yellowtail and shrimp were all very good, the tuna was the outstanding winner. We had a great time with a great waiter. $50 each and we were happy."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The Food, service, and atmosphere were all great. I can't wait for my next visit. You must get dessert!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fun. Unique decor. Relaxed, dim ambiance upstairs. The seating lends itself to talking to your neighbor even if a stranger. Great service. Dishes arrived spaced out. Did not feel rushed. Enjoyed the smokey flavor of the tiger prawns. Skimpy portions on some dishes ie tiger prawns and a salmon special. Maki rolls are generous to share. Pricey."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The atmosphere is great. Awesome food. Great selection. Service is excellent. Very friendly and knowledgable staff"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences ever, great food and super great service."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I really enjoyed dinner at Baku. The service was wonderful and the food was very good. I would like to see a more extensive sushi menu."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My gf and I celebrated our anniversary here. The waiters were nice and professional. Nice music. Very nice ambiance. Food was SO good. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :)"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "From the moment we were greeted until we left, the service was outstanding! The wait staff was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about recommendations from drinks to main dishes to desserts. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner. Delicious food but even with reservations we were seated upstairs in the bar area. The music was loud and so was the talk around us to be heard above it. Service was wonderful. Food unbelievable and flavorful but the noise was just too much."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Everything was very good the small plates for sharing made it a fun experience in dining"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I went to dinner with my wife and we had a fantastic time and a superb meal. The staff was very attentive and informative with regards to the menu. The pork belly with kimchi, chicken liver skewers, and the Giant Madagascar Prawn were our favorites...we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Very tasty!! Dishes are meant to be shared so naturally it's a fun place to go to with a group."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "So glad we finally have a robatayaki in Charlotte. Loved the pork belly, wagyu.salmon & sticky rice & Asian inspired desserts. Hip vibrant ambience"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "First time at a Japanese Restaurant like this. It was very good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Tried Baku for Restaurant Week and will definitely go back. Saw their Sunday Brunch menu and it looks incredible. Loved it!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Have been several times to Baku - exciting menu - great food"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was phenomenal! My waitress was very knowledgeable and gave great suggestions. I will def be going back and taking more ppl"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "From the unusual décor to the unique cuisine, BAKU excels as a restaurant you want to visit again and again. The service was great. We were seated upstairs so the servers had to climb for every course. Presentation was awesome and the taste was incredible. I would recommend BAKU for an evening that is unusual and lots of fun."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I love Baku! The atmosphere was great, the food was awesome and the portions were perfect. I had the calamari, shrimp & veggie tempura, and the Yuzu Tart for dessert - I would go back just for the dessert! I definitely recommend checking Baku out! It is a little pricey, but nothing too outrageous in my opinion."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food was terrific with some unique flavor and presentation. Smaller portions but taste worth it. Great energy in the place."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This restaurant was amazing. Our waitress Amanda was the best! Great food, drinks and service!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been to Baku twice before and everytime we have a wonderful experience. This week we ordered the mushrooms to eat as an appetizer and they were outstanding! Looking forward to our next visit!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Asian tapas--fabulous! Great food, service and ambiance. Something different for Charlotte; we loved it!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I selected Baku from the list of restaurants for Queens Feast. I was called to confirm the reservations which was a nice touch and reminder. When we first arrived the restaurant was not crowded and it was a good time to just admire the overall decor of the restaurant. We sat upstairs and had a very knowledgable and attentive waiter. The meal was spectacular. The first course was the salad with a citrus dressing that melted in your mouth and a spicy and succulent sushi that had a slight kick in taste. The second course was salmon wrapped in a corn husk served with cucumbers in an Asian glaze and tempura shrimp and vegetables. Both dishes were delectable. The final course was superb with a Yuzu tart and creme brulee."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "First time at Baku. Went for restaurant week. It was very quiet - not even half full as it was a Sunday night. Interesting menu. Loved our appetizers. Only one entree showed up. Servers were no where to be found. the waitress blamed the kitchen, really? she offered us a round of drinks. took another 20 minutes for the other 3 dinner entrees to arrive! Desserts were very good - loved the vanilla creme brulee - but why did they give us forks for a creme brulee. again - where was our server? We might try it one more time - but between the kitchen timing and the staffs attentiveness we were not that impressed. Upstairs Bar is pretty cool."
    Dined on 7/20/2014